Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Cricket Terminologies

Aaloo - Aaloo mutter is a delicious mixture made up of potatoes, peas and spices. An aaloo muttering obscenities is also what one cricket admirer heard just prior to being brained by a large Pakistan cricketer wielding a very deep flutter.

Abdominal Protector - the Abdominal protector is another term for the 'box', and is ordinary in some cricketing countries. It is not a chiefly correct term, as the box does not defend the abdomen at all. It does, however, try to ensure that you are still a drift and not a high-pitched.
All out – The team is all-out, when ten players are dismissed.

All-rounder – An all-rounder is a player who can both bat and bowl / or bat and wicketkeeper / or bowl and wicketkeeper. Although this last category is rather uncommon as they have a tendency to get buggered running up the pitch faster than the ball.

Appeal – For a batsman to be given out, the fielding team must appeal to the umpire.

Arm ball – The arm ball is a delivery from an off-spinner that is planned to puzzle the batsman by not spinning.

Ashes – The Ashes are the trophy that the Australian and English teams play test cricket for.

Backing up - Backing up is when the non-striker walks towards the other batsman as the bowler comes into bowl.

Backward –. It is a fielding position located a bit behind the normal place. Backward point is therefore a bit finer than normal point.

Bad light – When there is not enough ligh to play then the umpires can have the authority to stop the match.

Bail – A bail usually pluralized as bails is the bit of wood that sits on top of the stumps.

Ball – The ball used in cricket is gory hard, and really hurts if it hits you in the nuts. It has a marked seam about the middle, which means it can move all over the place, making the probability of getting hit in the tiara jewels very high.

Bat –It is made out of a special type of wood (willow), although aluminum has also been tried, and is bloody expensive.

Bat-pad – Bat pad is a fielding place typically kept for either the youngest guy in the team. It is located too close to the batsman on the leg-side.

Batting order – The batting order is the sequence with which players go out to bat..

Beamer– A beamer is a head high full-toss, aimed directly at the stab of a batsman who just had the nerve to hit the bowler for a boundary.

Bent Elbow - Many bowlers are illegally labeled with the tag of 'chucker' due to unfortunate birth abnormalities or injuries that have resulted in them having a bent elbow. It is not their fault that they have these unfortunate circumstances.

Best bowling – Best bowling is a word used for when a player takes the greatest number of wickets in an innings in his career

Block – The block is a defensive shot used by weak batsmen who don’t have the balls to try and smack the ball for a six.

Block Hole – It is a suitable place to place the ball.

Bodyline – To Attack at the batsman rather than the stumps.

Bouncer – A bouncer is a ball that pitches in the middle of the wicket, and is designed to threaten the batsman by rising towards his chest or head

Boundary – The boundary signifies the edge of the playing arena. Any ball strike above the boundary on the bounce counts for four runs, and if it is strike above the boundary on the full, the batsman gets six runs.
Bowl out - a bowl out or as it is also known a bowl off occurs when the two teams are tied at the end of an ODI match, and it is deemed essential to have a winner.

Bowled – Being bowled is the most stunning means of being dismissed .

Bowling crease – The bowling crease is a line at the end of the pitch.

Bye – A bye is scored when the ball strikes neither the bat nor body of the batsman, but the two batsmen still managed a run.

Captain – A guy who is leading the team is known as captain.

Carrying his bat – An opening batsman is said to have ‘carried his bat’ if he bats the entire innings while all ten of his team-mates are dismissed.

Caught – If a batsman hits the ball and any fielder catches it without being bounce at the ground.

Chinaman - the term chinaman is used to explain the typical delivery of a left arm leg-spinner.

Chinese Cut - This is an substitute name for the french cut.

CFLS - CFLS is an acronym of "Cheat Finding a Loophole in the System". This term is not wide-spread, and limited to a few knowledgeable cricket lovers. It refers to players who cunningly bend or manipulate the laws of the game, without really infringement them.

Cover – Cover is a fielding position between point and mid-off. Frequently the best fielder in the team is positioned in the covers.

Covers – The covers are also the area of the field that the cover fielder patrols, or alternatively the old and holey pieces of tarp.

Cow corner – It is a shot by the batsman located over the head of mid-wicket.

Cow shot – Any shot that involves a wild haul in the broad area of the ball is likely to be expected at striking the ball to cow corner. This shot is referred to as a cow shot, and players who do it a lot are called cowboys

Cross bat – Most cow shots are played with a cross-bat, where the bat is equivalent to the ground. Cut and hook shots are also cross-bats shots.

Cut – The cut shot is played to a short ball outside the off stump and is meant to hit the ball somewhere between cover and fourth slip .

Declaration – A captain can choose to finish his side's innings by declaring. This means that the team forfeits the right to continue batting, and they instead take the field

Did not bat – This is the term used when a player did not bat.

Dissent - any match official can charge a player with dissent if they feel they do not show the necessary respect for the umpires

DLF Maximum - It is a little known fact that Maximum Prime, the true leader of the Deceptions, was really fashioned following an attempt by the BCCI Auto bots to revive DLF Maximum. Maximum Prime is, in fact, worth exactly the same amount as DLF Maximum, and there are no identifiable differences between the old and the new.

Doosra – It means that you could get amazing movement simply by rotating your elbow in a different direction.

Dot ball – A dot ball is one that is not scored from.

Draw – A match that does not end in a win to either side is called a draw (

Drinks It is a break between the play.

Drive – A drive is a shot that hits the ball back past the bowler. An off-drive goes to the off-side of the stumps, while an on-drive goes to the leg side.

Duck – When a player is dismissed without scoring, they are said to have scored a duck. If a player scores a duck in both innings of a match, they are said to have got a ‘pair’

Duckworth-Lewis - A soon to be outdated methodology for fans to argue over. It is due to be replaced by the 'Pappu Plan' which uses a variation on Brouwer's Fixed Point Theorem to definitively determine exactly where team B would be in contrast to team A at any point in the universe.

Economy Rate – The economy rate is the average number of runs a bowler concedes an over.

Edge – An edge is when the ball comes from the side of the bat, rather than the middle.

Eleven – There are eleven players on a cricket team.

Extras - Extras are composed of byes, leg-byes, wides and no-balls.

Ferret – A ferret is the worst batsman of all, as he is considered to go in after the good ones.

Flight – It is the weapon that an off-spinner can possess. It is characterized by a gently arcing delivery, spun down with endless patience and strong wind, dipping short from the batsman at the last minute. It is normally then clouted over cow corner for six.

Flipper – The flipper is bowled by a leg-spinner, but rather than spinning, it shoots through faster and lower than the batsman would think.

Footwork – The way a batsman moves his feet while playing a shot is referred to as his footwork.

Forfeit - a Test match is forfeited when one side refuses to play.

French cut –It involves deliberately striking the ball of the inside edge of bat down to fine leg, while deceiving the fielding team by pretending to actually hit it through the covers.

Full toss – A full toss is a ball that arrives at the batsman without hitting the pitch.

Gardening – To be a real batsman, you must walk down the pitch to poke and prod the ground between deliveries. This is called gardening

Gate – The gate is the fluctuation gap in the barrier that you walk through to get on and off the field. It is also the space that batsmen leave between their bat and front pad when playing a shot.

Glance – the glance is a delicate shot played to balls on the leg stump.

Gloves –Batsmen were padded gloves on their hands to prevent bones being smashed.

Golden Duck –It is also when a batsman is dismissed by the first delivery they receive.
Guard – A batsman will mark his position on the popping crease so that he knows where his stumps are.

Gully – Gully is a fielding position located between the slips and point.

 Handled the ball – One of the strangest ways to get out is handled the ball

Harrow drive - like the french (or chinese) cut, the harrow drive is another shot that only very skilled batsmen are able to perform..

Hat trick –It means when a bowler takes three wickets at three consecutive balls.

Helmet – Helmets are worn on the heads of batsmen ;

Hit the ball twice –. It occurs if the batsman, having hit the ball once, then strikes it away for more runs..

Hit wicket –When a bats man accidently breaks his own stumps.

Hook – The hook shot is played to a short-pitched ball that is meant to smash the nose of the cheeky batsman.

Howzat? It is the appeal for a batsman being out.

Innings – An innings is either the time an individual batsman spends at the wicket, or collectively the time the entire team has to bat.

In swinger – An in swinger is a delivery that comes back in the air towards the batsman from outside the off stump.

 Laws – People sometimes refer to the rules of cricket.

LBW – LBW is short for leg before wicket.

Leggie – a leggie is a bowler that spins the ball from right to left.

Leg-bye – Leg byes are scored when the ball hits the batsman, rather than the bat, and a run is taken.

Leg side – The leg-side is the side of the field behind the batsman.

Leg stump – the leg stump is the third of the three individual stumps that make up the wicket.

Maiden – A Maiden is an over in which the batsman does not score a run, and there are no wides or no-balls.

Match fixing - Betting on the outcome of a game.
Match referee –This individual is responsible for overseeing an entire match.

Mid-off – Mid off is a fielding position between the bowler and cover.

Mid-on – Mid-on is similar to mid-off, except the fielder is on the leg-side of the batsman.
 Mid-wicket –It refers to the fielder who is located between the square leg umpire and mid-on.

Middle stump – The middle stump is the second of the three stumps that make up the wicket.

Nets – In order to practice for a game, most players partake of a net session.

New ball – The start of an innings is symbolized by the bowling team using a brand new ball.

Night watchman – a Night watchman is a tail-ender sent in towards the end of the day to protect a cowardly cowardly soak of a top-order batsman..

No-ball – A no-ball is usually called by an umpire when a bowler fails to ground some part of his foot behind the front crease.

Non-striker – It means a batsman who is standing at the bowler end.

Not out – If the fielding team appeals, but the umpire does not believe the batsman has in fringed upon any law, he responds by shaking his head and saying “not out”.

Obstructing the field – It means to disturb the fielding side.

Off-break – An off-break, or off-spinner, is a delivery that the bowler spins from his left to right.

Offer the light – When the umpires feel the light is too bad to continue playing, they ‘offer the light’ to the batsmen.

Off side – the off-side is the part of the ground that the batsman faces towards as he prepares to get the ball.

Off stump –the final stump of the mighty triumvirate that makes our wicket.

On side – the on-side is another term for the leg side

One-day specialist – A one-day specialist is a disparaging term for those players with inadequate flair to make it in test cricket, the uppermost and purest form of the game.

One short – When the two batsmen run up and down the pitch, they must successfully touch either their bat or a part of their body behind the crease. If they fail to do this, the umpire will signal ‘one short’ by tapping their right hand on their right shoulder.

Openers – It means the batsmen who starts the innings.

Out – A player is deemed to be out, when the umpire says so.

Over – An over is a series of six legal balls in succession.

Overthrow – it means extra run by the bad throw of the fielders.
Over the wicket – A bowler is said to be bowling over the wicket when their bowling arm comes over between his body and the umpire / stumps. 

Pace bowler – a fast bowler is also often called a pace bowler

Pad – The batsman wears two pads, one on each leg.

Pinch-hitter – the pinch-hitter, like in baseball, is a batsman promoted up the order in an ODI to try and crash a few balls out of the park.

Pitch – the pitch is the area of the ground on which the bowler and batsman face off.

Point –Point is also a fielding position that is located at 90 degrees to the batsman on the off-side.

Pull – To smash the ball very hard.

Quickie – Another term for fast or pace bowlers.

Retired hurt – If a batsman is injured during the course of his innings, he is allowed to retire hurt.

Reverse sweep –It entails the batsman attempting to hit the ball onto the off-side..

Reverse swing – Reverse (or Irish) swing is when an old ball suddenly starts to move in the opposite direction to what normal swing does. Wasim Akram is the King of this.

Round the wicket – A bowler who delivers the ball with his bowling arm on the far side of his body  is said to be bowling around the wicket.

Run – a run is the basic unit of scoring in cricket.

Running between the wickets – when the batsmen decide to try and score a run, they are said to be running between the wickets.

Runner – A runner can be used when a batsman is injured during his innings, and can no longer run.

Run out – It occurs when a batsman is unable to reach his crease.

Scorer – He is the one who counts the runs.

Selectors – the selectors are a bunch of guys whose eyesight and judgement are only slightly betWho selects the team.

Shooter – a shooter is a delivery that hits the pitch, but then fails to bounce more than shin height.

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